We were saddened to hear of the death of Grandmaster Miron Sher. He was born in Ukraine, at that time part of the USSR, and became a strong player and trainer from a young age. He was coach to the Russian team from 1981-1985. He moved to America when the Soviet Union ceased to exist and achieved success at several international tournaments, becoming an IM in 1988 and GM in 1992.
He played at Hastings, winning the Challengers Tournament in 1993-1994. As a result, he qualified to play in the Premier 1994-1995, where he finished fourth behind Thomas Luther, John Nunn and Colin McNab. He played again in the Challengers in 1996-96 when he finished in equal 5th place.
He was a talented player and a much admired coach to players such as Peter Heine Neilsen and Fabiano Caruana. We will remember him as a kind man, and our condolences go to his family [image courtesy of Marshall Chess Club, NY]